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Gap Connah’s Quay: Nomads roar back into Welsh Premier League ‘Super 12’ race

GAP Connah’s Quay roared back into the Welsh Premier League ‘Super 12’ race on Tuesday to leave neighbours Airbus UK Broughton nervously looking over their shoulder.

Ken Price’s side’s 1-0 win at basement boys Elements Cefn Druids moved them within just five points of a 10th-placed Airbus team whose downturn in form continued on the same night as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Bangor City.

Nomads boss Price, whose assistant player-manager Mark McGregor headed the 70th-minute winner, said: “The results all went for us and we’re still hanging in there.

“I’m so proud of the players because they’ve knuckled down to keep us in with a shot.”

The off-the-field requirement needed to participate in next season’s slimmed-down top-flight is a FAW Domestic Club Licence. Nomads and Airbus failed to achieve the licence on Friday but both are confident they will be successful on appeal.

The top-10 finishing Premier clubs to obtain the licence will take their place in the new league. But that number could yet stretch to 12 as the applicants from the feeder leagues have yet to be awarded the licence.

Eight clubs – table-topping The New Saints, second-placed Llanelli, fourth-placed Aberystwyth Town, seventh-placed Neath, eighth-placed Prestatyn Town, 11th-placed Carmarthen Town, 12th-placed Haverfordwest County and 13th-placed Newtown – obtained the licence on Friday and it is understood third-placed Port Talbot Town could do so within days.

Nomads, who are 14th, face a crucial clash at Newtown on Saturday (2.30pm) before welcoming sixth-placed Bangor to the Deeside Stadium on Tuesday (7.30pm). Craig Jones is suspended but Ben Alston returns from his ban against the Citizens.

Faltering Airbus, meanwhile, have to regroup for a massive double header of their own away to Bala tomorrow and at home to Prestatyn on Wednesday (both 7.30pm). Ashley Williams is back from suspension.